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Family of Susan Erben sends their sincere gratitude

Outpouring of support means a lot during difficult time

The family of Susan Erben, Development Director for Youth Education in the Arts, would like to extend their gratitude to YEA! and everyone within The Cadets’ family and the drum corps activity for their outpouring of support during the past week. 

Susan resided in New York City and lost her life in a vehicle accident on June 24. Her services were held June 30 and July 1 in Staten Island, N.Y. 

Susan’s sister, Diane Keeney, and Susan's beloved partner, James Dugan, express their sincerest thanks to all those who sent their wishes, thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.  

Susan marched in the Cadets in 1978. She became YEA!’s Director of Development in Spring 2009 when she returned to manage the annual fundraising campaign for The Cadets as they entered their 75th Anniversary season. In the past year, Susan began to work across all YEA! programs, including the Urban Arts Center and the US Scholastic Band Association. 

The Cadets dedicated their June 25 performance in Normal, Ill., to Susan’s memory. 

YEA! honored Susan with a moment of silence before the Drum Corps – An American Tradition show on Tuesday, June 29 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Her remarkable contributions to YEA! and the corps will also be recognized on Aug. 8 during the annual alumni and friends gathering and The Cadets home show in Clifton, N.J.


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